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  • Arcadia Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Carol Goodman
    • Narrated By Jen Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (240)

    In debt after her husband's unexpected death, Meg Rosenthal secures a job as a teacher at an upstate New York boarding school. Leaving suburban Long Island, Meg and her teenage daughter, Sally, embark on a new life in Arcadia Falls, a beautiful but isolated small town and the inspiration for a number of magically eerie fairy tales.

    Lenne says: "Decent book...horrible reader"
    "The story was good, but the narrator's awful."
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    What disappointed you about Arcadia Falls?

    The narrator - I coupldn't enjoy the story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Carol Goodman? Why or why not?

    Yes, as long as it's read by someone else.


    How could the performance have been better?

    She didn't sound real. Very much over-acted.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story was alright but I couldn't finish it because the narrator was so obnoxious.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3892)
    Performance
    (2869)
    Story
    (2872)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "WOW! WOW! WOW!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this book to a friend of either sex. The story enrobes you and carries you inside its pocket. You can't get out, even after you've stopped listening for the day, and then it will stay with you long after the story ends.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    I've listened to many audiobbooks narrated by Will Patton - if he's reading, I just know I'll enjoy the book. But this time...he simply nails it, and it sucks you in - it feels like he IS the character he's speaking for. Even the women in the story sound realistic and don't distract. That's a very hard thing to pull off, in my experience with audiobooks.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story is such a personal one to any of us growing up in the 50's and 60's - Nuclear War's entry into our innocent minds and lives, and the scare that just the possibility of a nuclear bomb's potential put into all of us. It took me right back to that time; worried about who would launch the first bombs and where they would land...the devastation they could cause, the millions of people they could kill - and the impact something like this would have on all of us. Would we even survive it?


    Any additional comments?

    Please listen to this - you will not regret it. This one's the total package - beautiful, thoughtful writing, believable characters and story development - and an unforgettable performance by Will Patton. It just doesn't get any better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2944)
    Performance
    (2583)
    Story
    (2587)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    Marci says: "I Miss Her"
    "Who Chose the Narrator?"
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    What did you like best about Wild? What did you like least?

    The story promises to be a good one: Young woman attempts to find salvation and pick up the pieces of her sad, misspent life by taking a solo hike. A really long hike. Woman is young and immature and wholly unprepared for what lies ahead on the Pacific Crest Trail. Sounds promising, right?

    Why then is the narrator chosen to speak for this young woman so...well...old? It's incredibly distracting to hear the narrator's prim, older woman's voice drop the F-bomb and talk about her drug use, her sexual relationships with men, and the bad choices she's made in her short life, when she sounds like my grandma. Reading the physical book would have been so much better - at least I'd have been able to put my own imaginary age-appropriate voice to it.

    If you are someone who can enjpy listening to a book without needing an appropriate narrator, go for it. The story is a good one, and it's entertaining. Yes, she was unprepared, and yes, she was immature. Her persisitance and the strength she found while hiking the PCT solo was admirable and even uplifting in parts. I just could not get past how wrong the narrator was for this story, and that spoiled it for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (977)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (870)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "Loved this book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I listen to Audible while I work, and this audiobook kept me engaged for the entire length of it. Mark Deakins' narration was so easy to listen to and so powerful, that I was engrossed from start to finish.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dog Stars?

    Hig, the main character in the book, seems like a lost man and begins to give up after his best buddy - the dog that ties him to the world before it all but came to an end - dies. But he doesn't give up. He puts everything into one last shot at finding someone else alive out there.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Deakins – was your favorite?

    Hig - although the dog was pretty cool.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen, wonderful characters and brilliant narration!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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